I’ve gotten requests all summer to share what I–the author of a beach reading guide–takes along to read on a beach vacation.
My family is just back from a week at the beach, so I have the answer right here.
These books were in my beach bag for 2013:
I don’t usually take so many hardback books on vacation, but I hit it big in the library’s new release section the day before we left. (As you know, if you follow me on instagram.)
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Therese Anne Fowler. Because I re-watched Midnight in Paris last month.
Life After Life: A Novel, Kate Atkinson. A new release with an interesting premise.
State of Wonder: A Novel, Ann Patchett. I’ve enjoyed several books by her lately and wanted to give a recent release a try.
And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini. (Though I haven’t enjoyed–haven’t even finished–his previous works.)
Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women, Sarah Bessey. My advance review copy came two days before we left town and I made my husband hide it so I wouldn’t be tempted. Releases November 5.
Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer. I’ve been meaning to read this one for years.
(These are only the books I thought I might read on our trip–not the contents of my Kindle library.)
I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool For Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, Gail D. Storey. Because I agreed to review this one.
Chop, Chop, L. N. Cronk. For the rave reviews I’ve heard from trusted sources.
The Lost Husband: A Novel, Katherine Center. This had “summer read” written all over it.
What I actually read
I didn’t actually read all of these! Even by my standards, that would be crazy. I finished–in order–State of Wonder, Life After Life, I Promise Not to Suffer, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, The Lost Husband, and Jesus Feminist. More details coming soon. 🙂
Share your best (or worst) summer reads in comments.